Sunday, September 13, 2009

Gray and black - the antidote to too much shine

After the shiny jacket incident, (thanks for your comments and suggestions...I'm pondering whether or not to change the buttons, but think I need to wear it once to decide if I think I can pull it off or not.) I'm switching gears.

I need to add something nice and subdued to my fall wardrobe and this Vogue vest pattern (8599) by Marcy Tilton is just the thing. I've never sewn a Marcy Tilton design as I find them a bit too dramatic for my lifestyle. However, I like the the subtle shaping - three waist darts in front, two waist darts in back, and side princess seaming of this design.

What really drew me to the pattern was the face framing collar highlighted with lace. The nice feminine touch to a basic gray vest.

The fabric I'm using is a gray stretch woven that was previously used for a Burda pencil skirt (BWOF, February 2008, number 111). Sadly, that skirt had to be donated as I cut and sewed the skirt before realizing that seam allowances need to be added when tracing BWOF patterns.

BWOF 2-2008 111 Skirt topstitching

So if you're thrift shopping and find a great stretch skirt featuring highlighted bands criss-crossed in front, please know that it was with great reluctance the skirt was donated and I'm happy it found a new home. Pin It


  1. I love vests. I got one planned for after the wardrobe contest. Too bad about your skirt. :(

  2. This is a great vest pattern. Should suit you well.

  3. As I'm looking at that great fabric, I'm thinking how cool it could also be if all those seams were embellished with--decorative stitches, trims, beads, or whatever strikes one's fancy.

  4. Wow! You always sew up the most amazing patterns, hard and difficult, but you always do a great job.

    Sorry about your skirt. Some lucky lady will wear it proudly.

  5. I got that pattern, too! It's still "Marcy" but not "too" Marcy! Can't wait to see your vest version!



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